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Family of Man Killed at Ky. Welcome Center Speaks Out

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The family of the Spring Hill man killed at a Kentucky welcome center on Tuesday in an apparent murder-suicide spoke out on Wednesday to offer a more detailed account of what happened and to correct some news reports.

In a statement to the media, the family of Jamie Plymel said the 40-year-old was on a business trip driving from Franklin, Tenn. to Owensboro, Ky. when he stopped at the welcome center on I-65 on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line around 8:30 p.m.  

He was on the phone with his wife, Stacy, when a man approached him. The man, who Hendersonville police have identified as resident James Roames, told him to turn off his lights.

Plymel told the man that he was leaving the car running and the lights were automatic, but that he would turn them off shortly.

By the sound of the exchange, Plymel's wife thought he had been pulled over by the police and asked him as much. He told her he had not been. She suggested that he go to a hotel and continue his drive the next morning.

"After a short silence, she heard noises, after which Jamie stated he had been shot," the statement read. "Stacy asked where he was and immediately called the police. Unfortunately she was unable to re-establish her connection with Jamie."

Police said the shooter opened fire on the victim and then turned the gun on himself.

In the statement, the family said it has been incorrectly reported by unnamed news outlets that there was an argument before Stacy Plymel heard gunfire. The family also said it is not true that Jamie Plymel was going to meet his wife at the welcome center.

The family said they wanted to thank the Kentucky State Police and the first responders. They say Plymel is survived by his wife, his 8-year-old son, his father, mother, two brothers, a sister and a "large extended family."

The family described Plymel as a devoted father, loving husband, son and brother and valued friend. He served in the Navy and travelled the world for work.

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